Review: 10215 Obi-Wan's Jedi Starfighter

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Review: 10215 Obi-Wan's Jedi Starfighter

Postby superdave » Wed Dec 15, 2010 1:30 pm

A set maligned since its announcement for its price and apparently unappealing design, once finished this set yields a hearty "hmm."

Regardless of its Episode II origin or its lack of participation in a large-scale space battle, Obi-Wan's Jedi Starfighter is, well, Obi-Wan's Jedi Starfighter. As a 10xxx-series/UCS Star Wars set, exceptional production values, detailed design, and a great part selection are expected. This set, while it doesn't fail on any of those points, can claim only to excel upon part selection.

The design looks just like the picture. There aren't hidden features or posable elements. While there are some well-executed techniques (the front wedge section relies on a studs-out system using lots of headlight bricks and 2x2 brackets; the connection of the quarter-dome elements behind the cockpit is rather elegant), there are no construction revelations here.

The parts selection is where this set really shines. A number of elements are currently unique to this set (the unprinted windscreen, printed control tile, lime wing plates, white 3x3 quarter domes, white 2x2 tiles with stud, and the 4x4 dome with droid head print) and the range of included elements in dark red is quite notable (inverted slopes, bricks, plates, and tiles). There are some newer elements included as well: 1x4 slopes in white and 1x2 "double cheese" slopes in white and black. Those who complain that Star Wars sets offer little color beyond light and dark blue-gray (bley) have nothing to worry about with this set of white, black, dark red, lime, tan, and (of course) light blue-gray (bley) elements.

Overall, the finished set left me underwhelmed but the part selection provided a silver lining to that cloud. My personal opinion is that a discount of at least 25% off (in the US, look for a price of $75 or less) would meet the "sweet spot" for purchase. Based on the early response, this set may see further discounts into the 30-50% off range before it disappears. Much as it pains me to say it, don't buy this set until you see it marked down; but when you do, if you love a good parts pack, don't hesitate to grab it once it gets that sale tag.

Overall: **
Building experience: ****
Parts: *****
Playability: **
Value for money: **
(cross-posted from brickset.com)
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